of the December CANA meeting were approved.
for the Future – Branch Plan
& Scoville Architects
On February 6, voters will be asked to approve borrowing $29 million to
completely overhaul Albany’s
neighborhood branch library system.The
total for construction is projected to be $24.5 million and $29.1 million when
all fees and costs are included.The
tax impact will be $.47 per $1,000 of assessed value.The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $47 in taxes per
All libraries will have three distinctly designated spaces; one for
children, one for young adults; and one for general collections.Each will have meeting spaces with direct access and exit to the outside
of the library buildings so those spaces can be used after the libraries are
Corridor:8,370 square feet; new
building next to firehouse on New
Scotland Avenue; $4 million
Newly constructed facility will
include significant green space, street parking only for visitors, 2 floors,
meeting space with after-hours access, and parking lot for staff
Hill/West Hill:11,860 square
feet; new building at Henry Johnson
Boulevard and First
Street $5.7 million
This new facility will be the
largest of the branches because it will serve two neighborhoods.It will have a parking lot but no exit onto Henry
Johnson Boulevard, green space and two
Avenue Corridor:9,565 square feet; renovation of 331
Delaware Avenue; $4.7 million
The former Chicorelli Funeral home
will be converted into the Delaware
library branch.Green space
will be created.Staff offices will
be located on the second floor.
square feet; renovation of second floor of current branch to bring total
square feet to 19,105); $4.8 million
Hills branch is the most used of all neighborhood
libraries.It would be expanded for
use of the second floor of the building and better entrances will be designed.
– South End:11,605 square
feet; renovation of current branch with new addition; $5.2 million
This facility was built in 1927 and
is the only branch that was designed as a library.It needs complete renovation (heating and cooling, roof, etc.), better
access for the disabled, parking.
The following questions and issues were addressed:
All facilities are on the CDTA bus
routes and will accommodate bike riders and walkers.
Renovated facilities should be
complete by June 2008; new facilities by January 2009.
The number of parking spaces at the
facilities is well below the number permitted.
Libraries will have sustainable
designs and be environmentally friendly.The
issue of crime prevention designs will be addressed when the branch plan is
Bonds for $29.1 million will sold
through the Dormitory Authority.
Operating hours will be expanded in
Plans for Howe will need to be
approved by Historic Preservation.
Albany Public Schools Facilities Improvement Plan
& Scoville Architects
Work plans for three district schools included in the AlbanyCitySchool
District facilities improvement project--
Arbor Hill Elementary, TOAST, and Giffen—have not been finalized.A new form of state building aid known as EXCEL (Expanding Children’s
Education and Learning) presents a unique opportunity to invest in three
buildings is available.To access
the EXCEL aid and traditional state building aid, the district will seek voter
approval on February 6 to spend $19 million more than has already been
authorized for the exiting facilities plan.This $19 million will come at no additional cost to city taxpayers.
The district is eligible to receive $7.8 million in EXCEL aid.There is $13 million remaining from the existing facilities project and
traditional state aid will cover an additional $11.2 million.
Each of the three buildings is outdated and Arbor Hill is deteriorating.Improvements will be made to the climate control systems, facades,
electrical systems, and upgrades to accommodate modern technology.Each will be painted.
To date the district has successfully opened nine schools that were either
newly constructed or substantially renovated and work on two more schools is
underway.Ribbon cuttings and tours
of Pine Hills Elementary and DelawareCommunitySchools are
scheduled for the second week of January.
Nominating Committee:A motion was carried without opposition to elect the following CANA
South Park NA
Shaker/Bishop’s Gate NA
Harold Rubin, Past chair
Center Square NA
Pine Hills NA
was updated on the work and concerns of the Common Council Ad Hoc Committee
for Cable Access by 8th Ward Councilman John Rosenzweig.A resolution supporting public access television is presently pending
and support of CANA
and each individual neighborhood association is requested.The resolution urges the City and prospective cable television
franchisee to enter into a franchise agreement with establishes a PEG access
broadcast facility or facilities which are easily assessable for government,
education purposes.It requests
that the prospective cable television franchisee provide start up financial
assistance in equipping broadcast facilities and provide ongoing support.A draft resolution was distributed and can be returned to Councilman
Rosenzweig at 19
Mohawk Place, Albany,
Codes:The Committee met with John Egan in December regarding the State
Office Campus Redevelopment and discussed code previsions related to the
preservation of housing and neighborhoods in the Campus area.
Business and Announcements
host a “get acquainted gathering” on February
7, 2007, at at
the offices of the National Association of Social Workers (across the street
from the Library for new CANA
members to meet the Executive Committee and other neighborhood association
·Correspondence from AFD Fire Investigator Joe Isgro,
Jr., AFD’s liaison in charge of neighborhood associations was noted.
·It was requested that the chairman arrange to have a
presentation about public transportation at an upcoming meeting